I don't have anything particularly inspiring to share in this 400th post, but there are a couple of cool pictures from something I recently discovered in the backyard that I've saved for the end. (Don't forget, you can click on any of these pictures to make them bigger.)
After waking up to a temperature of -3 degrees (F) this morning, temps have moderated to a balmy 9 degrees and we're getting some light snow as I'm writing this post. Weather like this really increases the bird activity at all my backyard feeders.
Here are a couple of nice pictures of the always attractive Mrs. Northern Cardinal.
It's a little breezy too!
Of course, the bluejays are all hanging out waiting for me to dispense more peanuts. They can really fluff themselves up in this cold weather.
Now that the leaves are off all the trees, look what I discovered in the big weeping willow tree in my backyard:
It's a Baltimore Oriole nest--made with plant fibers and pieces of the blue tarp that was blowing to shreds in my neighbor's backyard. Isn't it amazing that orioles can create a nest like that without any hands?
Here's a look with the 32X zoom.
One of these days when it gets a little warmer, I'll have to take a walk around the backyard and see how many other bird nests I can discover.